Aloha Kauhale Kākou,
In the traditions of many indigenous communities a ceremonial center where the community gather is integral to the foundations of that community. Whereas Pueblo Indians have their central plaza, people of Polynesia have their Malae. We are proud to announce that our Kauhale has finally established our Piko Kauhale, or Kauhale Ceremonial Center. It is here where the community, local and global, gathers. It is here were the most ancient Hawaiian chants, dances and ceremonies continue to remind us that all life is connected and that the extension of this connection should play large in all that we say and do.
The Piko has two features. The grassy yard is Kapakapakaua Malae (Raindrops Ceremonial Ground) and Papa’ā Hale (House of Enlightenment). Both of these names are traditional to creation chants of Hawai’i because they collectively engender Profound Transformation.
On August 18, 2011 Kapakapakaua Malae and Papa’ā Hale hosted a Kīpaepae to formally announce to all gathered that Ms Noreen Yamane is the new Chancellor of Hawai’i Community College. How appropriate to make such a profound announcement from the center of our Piko Kauhale.
Enjoy the photos.
Tangaro, Acting Director